KOVAR, a Virginia Knights of Columbus charity that provides financial support to non-profit organizations serving people with intellectual disabilities has awarded 32 grants for a total of $491,000 in the last year. It also awarded two interest-free home loans for a total of $297,500. Organizations serving individuals throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia benefitted for these awards.

Grant recipients in the Catholic Diocese of Richmond area included the following:

• Special Olympics Virginia received a total of $50,000 in support of the 2016 Fall Championships in Virginia Beach and the 2017 Summer Games in Richmond.

• The Arc of Greater Williamsburg received $20,000 to provide transportation for their clients.

• Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services received $20,000 to purchase furniture for a Day Support Center.

• Colonial Behavioral Health received $20,000 to assist in the pur- chase of several vehicles.

• Heart Havens received $20,000 to assist in the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible van, and to replace the flooring in two group homes.

• Little Sisters of St. Francis received $20,000 to repair the septic system in a housing unit for eight clients.

• The Next Move Program received $18,000 to provide scholar- ships for their job training program.

• The Arc of Central Virginia received $15,000 to purchase a van.

• The Faison Center received $10,000 to provide early intervention services to young children.

• Medical Home Plus received $10,000 to provide students  assistance with their Individualized Education Programs.

• The Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond received $8,490 to purchase furniture, storage units, and other items for a new activity and learning center.

To learn more about KOVAR, go to www.kovarva.org.